Tiger Shadow: Gallatin Public Affairs
"I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I would expect no less from an Oxy student!"
When I started my first internship in politics nearly ten years ago, I quickly learned the importance of mentors and connections. When I heard about Occidental’s alumni job shadow program, I was happy to share my experience with a current Oxy student – I would have loved to do the same when I was in school!
Emily was selected to shadow at my company, Gallatin Public Affairs, because of her interest in communications and politics. We are a public affairs firm with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. At Gallatin, I have the opportunity to work on big issues that impact public life, and to practice my trade alongside former reporters, press secretaries and senior aides to elected officials.
I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I would expect no less from an Oxy student! Our work is fast-paced and each day is different. While Emily was sitting in on internal meetings, client conference calls and joining our lobbyist for a morning on the Capital Campus in Olympia, I made every effort to provide context and background so she could get the most out of her experience.
Working on a variety of issues and finding ways to relate to people with different backgrounds and interests is something I do every day in my work, and Occidental helped prepare me for it through the diverse student body and the encouragement to engage with the larger Los Angeles community.
My biggest career advice for Emily and anyone else who is interested in a career in politics or communications is to shadow, volunteer and intern – this gives you the chance to show your skills and meet the person who may very well give you your next job or serve as a reference for you. I appreciate that the WIMS Away program helps open this door for students, and am glad I participated.
- Anna Boone '06
Associate, Gallatin Public Affairs
WIMS Away Host '12-'13
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